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Spring Cleaning Sale items
Spring Cleaning Sale
It seems that after three historically cold months, spring is finally arriving here in midcoast Maine. As we wait for the snow to melt so we can do yard work, gardening and a variety of other outside activities, many of us will start to do some inside spring cleaning. This may include going through your yarn stash.
If you go through your yarn stash and find some yarns that you think you will never likely knit, or duplicate needles, please consider dropping them by the shop. We can donate it to a variety of people doing charity knitting: Rotarians knitting hats, socks and mittens for local school children; volunteers knitting with homeless women, alternative high school students and students at Sweetser; and volunteers knitting lap blankets for the Veterans' Home and prayer shawls for those in need. We know a person who will happily take any yarn to knit into blankets for animals at area shelters. If you have a preference, you can direct us where to send your yarn donation, and any amount would be appreciated by these volunteers. We also have a local avid knitter who lost her uninsured house to a fire this week, and any donation for her would be very much appreciated.
Because it is spring cleaning time, this month all items that help you clean and organize will be on sale at 20% off!
Spring Cleaning Sale Items
-- Eucalan is a great no-rinse wool wash. We have it in a variety of scents and sizes. It really bring old, dirty sweaters to life and is far superior -- in our view -- to Woolite.
-- Needle organizers in a selection of styles to hold your needles and hooks.
-- Project bags come in all sizes -- from single skeins to large totes.
-- Sweater stones and combs to help you defuzz your sweaters. (We are working to find a good sweater shaver to stock.)
-- Cedar balls to discourage little critters from eating through your yarn.
Please note that moths that like wool do not like to be disturbed. If you have a stash of yarn, it is a good idea to go through it every few months just to check on it. And so at the very least, give yourself a blast of color and go "play" with your stash while we wait for Mother Nature's colors!
We Will Be Doing Our Own Organizing!
By the end of April, all our new spring yarns should be in and on the shelves. (Believe it our not, in May, sales reps will be here showing us new fall yarns!) This means we need space, and so we will be going through our shelves and putting whole lines of yarn on discount.
This is a good time to find a skein or two at great savings to do some gift knitting; come next fall, you will appreciate having gotten a jump start on holiday gifts. Who wouldn't want a pair of fingerless mitts, a decorative headband or a shawlette? These small projects are great to carry with you during summer traveling, or for easy summer knitting on your porch or at the beach.
Simple Shawlette, knit with one skein of Araucania's Alumco
We took a simple shawl pattern from Ravelry called Lala's Simple Shawl and made it ours. We did this by initially casting on 7 stitches instead of 5 as in the pattern because we like having 2 edge stitches before and after the yarnovers on each side. Also, we did not include any garter ridges other than to finish it.
Knitting a very simple shawl pattern with interesting yarn can be very rewarding and the result can be beautiful. It also makes a perfect "random act of kindness" gift. Do you have an interesting skein of yarn in your stash? If not, we have many to offer you in all different fibers!
We knit our model with one skein of Araucania's Alumco. This is a worsted-weight cotton/viscose blend that has a little texture to it. We love the sheen and drape of viscose blends for shawlettes! We loosely knit our model on a #7 needle and suggest that you use a blunt needle to knit this yarn because of the yarn's looser spun. This 215-yard skein sells for $13.95.
Owl Baby Vest, knit with one skein of Rowan's Felted Tweed
Owl Baby Vest
Who doesn't love seeing a baby or toddler wearing a subtle owl motif? There are many owl motif patterns on Ravelry, but we chose this one because people often ask us for vest patterns and this one, Owl Baby Vest, can be found free on Ravelry.
After viewing the projects made with this pattern, we made one adjustment to the pattern. On the row that began the owl motifs (cables), we added a stitch near each cable and then decreased them after finishing the owls (cables). And although this pattern called for approximately 240 yards of DK-weight yarn, we squeezed this lovely vest out of one skein of Rowan's Felted Tweed.
Rowan Felted Tweed is a machine-washable wool/alpaca/viscose blend that contains 191 yards in a 50-gram ball, which we sell for $10.95. We have many other DK-weight, machine-washable options available, ranging in price from $6.95 to $29.00!This pattern comes only in one size, 9-12 months, but it can easily be made larger by using a larger-gauge yarn and adding a little in the length of the body and armholes.
Blue Hill Village Mitten samples
Blue Hill Village Mitten Project
The Blue Hill Village Mitten project celebrates the 75th birthday of the Blue Hill Public Library. The mitten pattern, loosely based on colorful Latvian designs, was conceived by Marjorie Yesley, who loves the library and loves to knit. This is her way to join together community knitters in one common project. Everyone who produces a pair -- or maybe even five pairs! -- will be able to display their mittens in a group show in the Howard Room display cases from September through November 2015. And, if the knitter would like, their mittens will be offered for sale in November (all at the same price), with the money used to buy gifts for children in the area for the holidays. For the necessary background information and the pattern, including a chart for the designs, click Blue Hill Village Mitten. Colors, sizes and yarns are all up to the knitter.
To help knitters with this project and to help anyone with questions, group knitting sessions have been set up in the library, with the final one being Thursday, April 2, from 6:30-8 pm. Meet in front of the cozy fireplace downstairs. See you there -- and don't forget your needles and yarn!
Go Hawaiian Day
Please watch and share this video as Belfast goes Hawaiian on Wednesday, April 1 for one hour.
To get away from the long winter, on April 1, Belfast, Maine is celebrating Go Hawaiian Day. Get into the spirit, dress appropriately and meet downtown at 4 pm for a party. Main Street will be closed down for the celebration.
Strawberries sculpture by Anne Alexander
Bearing Fruit Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the "organic" image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3-May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5-7:30 p.m.
Sculptor Anne Alexander's ceramic forms are about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. Unique vegetables and fruits are sought out at farmers' markets or in her own garden to model in clay. Vibrant reds enhance the voluptuousness of the larger-than-life fruits.
Leah Gauthier's sculptural work incorporates food, foraged natural materials, live plants and handmade objects. Her pieces are at once deep meditations on the present moment and imaginings related to quickly shifting landscapes, new juxtapositions of flora and fauna, and emerging and endangered life forms.
Jacinda Martinez is a young artist from the garment district in Brooklyn, NY, who has spent her last six years farming. She fashions elaborate dresses from otherwise discarded vegetable matter: broccoli stalks, bean vines, bolted lettuce. Her final product, much like a fashion shoot, is a series of elegant photographs of models clad in vegetables.
Julie H. Rose describes her intricate fiber art as "always about nature, or more clearly, of nature." Her work mimics nature's process and her experience of being in and observing nature. The materials she chooses feel organic and most of them -- sheep's wool, silk, cotton, linen -- are. Says Rose: "I have the illusion that they whisper to me what they want to become."
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main St. in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9 am-4 pm. For more information, visit MFT Gallery. For more information about the Trust, visit Maine Farmland Trust.
Photo by Susan Guthrie
Photography: the Poetry of Maine's Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice
Waterfall Arts' Open Call Show, Photography: the Poetry of Maine's Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, April 3 from 5 to 8 pm. The show is part of the statewide Maine Photo Project and photographers of all ages have submitted diverse work on this year's theme.
Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and enjoy the variety of subject and style on the walls. Some of the work is for sale; a portion of the proceeds benefit Waterfall Arts' education and exhibition programs. The exhibit will be up through May 15 and can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and by appointment.
For more information, visit Waterfall Arts, phone 207-338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High St. in Belfast.
Maivish (left to right): Matthew Olwell, Jaige Trudel, Nils Fredland, Adam Broome
Maivish Winging Toward Midcoast for Belfast Flying Shoes
On Friday, April 3, join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs until around 11 pm. This month, Nils Fredland will call the dances, with music by Maivish.
Maivish taps a deep current of musical tradition that spans from the British Isles to North America. Fiddler Jaige Trudel grew up in Vermont in a musical family and has performed professionally since 2001. Guitarist Adam Broome was raised in the Cotswolds region of England and has pursued a lifelong passion for traditional English dance music and song. (Trudel and Broome are also two-thirds of the dance trio Crowfoot.) Flutist and rhythm master Matthew Olwell grew up in his family's wooden-flute-making business, and has taught dance and percussion across North America and Europe since 1996. Joined on trombone and vocals by Nils Fredland -- when he's not busy calling the dance -- Maivish is celebrated for a powerful, Celtic-inflected sound honed to perfection for dancing. Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.
Mariah Ross, Lucie Bonneville and Alexis Racioppi model Cinderella Project dresses at a photo shoot for Day's Jewelers in 2014. Photo courtesy of Day's Jewelers.
Cinderella Project of Maine Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Cinderella Project of Maine has united over 1,200 girls with fabulous and free prom dresses, and thanks to the generosity of the community, they will be hosting their 10th giveaway in their Belfast location at Reny's Plaza on Saturday, April 4, from 9 am-3 pm, and at their new Gardiner location on Saturday, April 18, from 9 am-2 pm at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., Gardiner, Maine.
Dressing rooms will be available to try on gowns, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process. There is no cost for any of the dresses, jewelry or accessories. However, they ask that you find them on Facebook and RSVP to the event, and to spread the word to high-school girls in Maine who could use a dress this season.
Though there are hundreds of dresses to choose from, donations of dresses size 12 and up are needed and very much appreciated. Dresses and donations can be dropped off at a number of sites around the state; visit Cinderella Project of Maine to find the one nearest you. Additional pick-up locations can also be arranged based on need. For more information, please contact Tabitha Lowe at Waldo Community Action Partners, 207-338-6809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mandie Sawyer at 207-930-3584 or at email@example.com.
New Classes, Workshops and Art Camp at Waterfall Arts
Registration is open for new classes, workshops and School Vacation Art Camp; all are scheduled to begin in April at Waterfall Arts.
For young artists, Linda Stec leads the ever-popular Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoons beginning April 29, and teaching artist Bridget Matros presents an all-natural Earth Arts Camp during April School Vacation April 20-24. The Bridge afterschool program will start a new session in April, check the Web site for details.
For adults and older teens, Mike Fletcher teaches a five-week Still Life Painting with Acrylics class on Monday evenings beginning April 13. Adventures in Printmaking with Gwen Tatro begins Wednesday, April 8. Cory Upton-Cosulich and Adam Bogosian return with Ceramics All Levels on Tuesday evenings beginning April 14. Open clay and print studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 am to noon every week. Join the fun!
For more information, visit Waterfall Arts, phone 207-338-2222 or stop by Waterfall Arts at 256 High St. in Belfast.
Collectible Doll and Toy Sale
Collectible Doll and Toy Sale
The lifetime collection of one owner will be up for sale to benefit Waldo County General Hospital Aid. Includes highly collectible (most in pristine condition) dolls, several with original boxes, including Shirley Temple, Effanbee Patsy, Timeless Treasure, porcelain baby dolls, and dolls from around the world, including Russia, Japan and Scandinavia. Also available at the sale will be doll furniture and accessories, stuffed animals, marbles, and Christmas and seasonal items.
The event will take place on Friday, April 17, 3 pm to 6 pm, and on Saturday, April 18, 9 am to 2 pm, at Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast. For more information, phone Phyllis at 207-548-0232.
Guests sample the pasta and toppings bar at Cafe Italia event, 2012.
Habitat for Humanity Hosts Cafe Italia Fundraiser
Join Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County on Saturday, April 18, for one of their best and longest running fundraisers, Cafe Italia.The Waldo County Shrine Club is transformed into Little Italy, complete with a pasta bar, sauces, appetizers and desserts. Appetizers will be served at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, and wine and basket raffle and dessert will follow. Guests may bring their own beer or wine to the event, or take a chance on winning some.
Tickets are $20.00 each, and are available at Mailloux and Marden Law Offices, 151 High St., Belfast; Camden National Bank, 156 Main St., Belfast; or by calling the Habitat office at 207-338-2344. This event usually sells out, so tickets will likely not be available at the door the night of the dinner. Come along on a culinary trip to Italy, and help support a great cause at the same time.
Earth Days Waldo County
Earth Days Waldo County
Several community groups have come together to create Earth Days Waldo County with a series of events and activities for April 22-26. The mission of Earth Days Waldo County is to promote living carefully on earth every day. It carries the legacy of Earth Day forward into the future, offering activities and events that transform perspectives and build networks within the Waldo County community. From April 22 to 26, a variety of events should appeal to families as well as adults, which will center on earth stewardship. The lectures, movies, panel presentations, poetry slams, green fairs, parades, etc., are all created with this goal of celebrating local initiatives and ideas, empowering the people of our region to live lightly on the earth but to live in the fullness of our community.
For more information, e-mail Bev Roxby at firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook.
Event logo for the Friends of Veterans Fundraiser Dance, featuring the Leaky Boot Jug Band
The Friends of Veterans Fundraiser Dance
The Friends of Veterans are sponsoring a fundraiser dance on Saturday, April 25 from 6-10 pm at the American Legion Hall in Belfast.
6 pm: American Legion Doors open. 6-10 pm: Items sold: Hot food, baked goods, 50/50 tickets, raffle items and beverages. 7-10 pm: Music and dancing with the Leaky Boot Jug Band. Admission (Donations): $10.00 adults (12 years and up), $5.00 under 12 years old).
The dance will benefit the Garry Owen House (a shelter for transitional homeless veterans). The shelter will be a 24-bed facility built on a seven-acre corner lot (Routes 3 and 220) in Liberty and Montville. The ground-breaking is scheduled for early summer.
Please join the Friends of Veterans for an enjoyable evening. Help veterans by providing a beautiful, safe environment in which to live, one which they will be proud to help maintain and call their home.
For more information or to volunteer, phone Marilyn or Lyle Thorell, event organizers, at 207-322-2679 or 207-356-7215.
Painting by Elsie Gawler, from her exhibit From the Field, on display in the Belfast Co-op Cafe through late April
Belfast Co-op April Events
Elsie Gawler's art show From the Field includes work in acrylic on wood, painted from photographs of vegetables she's collected throughout the growing season at her North Branch Farm in Monroe. On display in the Co-op Cafe through late April.
Round Up for Community Recipients
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Annual Organic Perennial Plant Sale with Rebel Hill Farm
Catalogs available both in-store and online at Belfast Co-op Store. Monday, May 4 order deadline; Saturday, May 9, 9-11 am plant delivery to Belfast Co-op.
Co-op closed Sunday, April 5.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden Workshop
Tuesday, April 8, 6-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free workshop with C.J. Walke of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Sponsors: MOFGA, Library, Belfast Co-op.
Organic Orcharding Workshop
Tuesday, April 14: 6-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free workshop with C.J. Walke of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). Sponsors: MOFGA, Library, Belfast Co-op.
Second Annual Principle Six Conference for Maine Cooperatives
Saturday, April 25, 9 am-3 pm, Viles Arboretum, Augusta: Participatory workshops and networking for planning the cooperative future of Maine's economy. For more information, visit Cooperative Maine.
Belfast Co-op Monthly Guided Store Tour
Saturday, April 18, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near Co-op entrance for guided store tours (every third Saturday per month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping there. All are welcome.
Indigenous Solidarity: Decolonization, Herb Gardens and Free Clinics
Sunday, April 19, 6-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation will discuss connections between the history of colonization in the Northeast and Southwest, the role of the twice-yearly free health clinic held at Black Mesa, and how we can support these struggles in Maine. Sponsors: Fireweed Herbals, The Stone Cabin Collective, Belfast Co-op.
Monthly Love LOCAL Day
Friday, April 24, 11 am-3 pm: Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project (Belfast) will staff an informational table, the lunch special will highlight local ingredients, ALL Maine-made products are 10% off throughout the day.
Soil Health Presentation
Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm and Lookfar Ag Service. Sponsors: Library and Belfast Co-op.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, visit Belfast Co-op Store.
Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man
Our Shipping Policy
Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.
At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.
By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.